Does your vision get blurred when you look at things that are near for too long? Do you suffer from eyestrain and headaches, especially late in the day? All these signs may indicate visual fatigue, a very frequent phenomenon today as it affects 60% of us, and it’s direct linked to our increasingly connected lifestyle!

Our tips to overcome visual fatigue

Many solutions exist to help you keep your eyes in good shape - thus reducing the effects of visual fatigue. You just need to take a few minutes throughout the day for some basic and beneficial gestures:

  • As far as possible, try to adapt the lighting of the room to your activity. You will thus limit the effects of glare which is one of the main factors that cause visual fatigue
  • Position your screen optimally to reduce glare (e.g staying away from windows and direct sunlight)
  • Adjust your screen for smoother contrasts.
  • Give your eyes regular breaks. National Association for the Improvement of Sight (ASNAV) recommends a 20-second break every 20 minutes.

As soon as you feel your eyes are blinking too often:

  • Take a break from what you were doing, look at something which is at least 20 feet away or go outside for a while.
  • Cover your eyes, without touching them, with your palm for a few seconds.
  • Change the distance from the screen regularly.

However, if the discomfort persists, despite taking all the necessary measures, it is perhaps the sign of a visual anomaly. It is recommended that you visit your optometrist understand the problem.